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The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy

ISBN 9780415658270
Published January 13, 2021 by Routledge
442 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Like any other group of philosophers, scholastic thinkers from the Middle Ages disagreed about even the most fundamental of concepts. With their characteristic style of rigorous semantic and logical analysis, they produced a wide variety of diverse theories about a huge number of topics.

The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy offers readers an outstanding survey of many of these diverse theories, on a wide array of subjects. Its 35 chapters, all written exclusively for this Companion by leading international scholars, are organized into seven parts:

I Language and Logic

II Metaphysics

III Cosmology and Physics

IV Psychology

V Cognition

VI Ethics and Moral Philosophy

VII Political Philosophy

In addition to shedding new light on the most well-known philosophical debates and problems of the medieval era, the Companion brings to the fore topics that may not traditionally be associated with scholastic philosophy, but were in fact a veritable part of the tradition. These include chapters covering scholastic theories about propositions, atomism, consciousness, and democracy and representation.

The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy is a helpful, comprehensive introduction to the field for undergraduate students and other newcomers as well as a unique and valuable resource for researchers in all areas of philosophy.

Table of Contents


Part I : Language and Logic

1. Propositions  Nathaniel E. Bulthuis

2. Qualification  Allan Bäck

3. Kinds of Argument  Sara L. Uckelman

4. Modal Logic  Spencer C. Johnston

5. Logic Games  JT Paasch

Part II: Metaphysics

6. Matter  John Kronen and Sandra Menssen

7. Form  Thomas M. Ward

8. Relations  Heine Hansen

9. Powers  JT Paasch

10. Identity and Sameness  Andrew W. Arlig

11. Kinds, Essences, and Natures  Martin Tweedale

12. Individuation  Daniel D. Novotný and Jorge J. E. Gracia

Part III: Cosmology and Physics

13. Causality  Graham White

14. Space and Place  Cecilia Trifogli

15. Atomism  Aurélien Robert

16. Qualitative Change  Robert Pasnau

17. Proofs for God’s Existence  William E. Mann

Part IV: Psychology

18. Soul, Mind, and Body  Paul J. M. M. Bakker

19. Intellect  Jack Zupko

20. Will  Cyrille Michon

21. Emotions  Vesa Hirvonen

22. Consciousness  Therese Scarpelli Cory

Part V: Cognition

23. Internal Senses  Deborah Black

24. Cognitive Acts  Giorgio Pini

25. Abstraction  Simo Knuuttila

26. Intentionality  Gyula Klima

27. Mental Language  Joël Biard

Part VI: Ethics and Moral Philosophy

28. Freedom  Tobias Hoffman

29. Reasons and Actions  Anthony Celano

30. Divine Command Theory  Hannes Möhle

31. Conscience  Douglas C. Langston

32. Atonement  Thomas Williams

Part VII: Political Philosophy

33. Law and Government  Jonathan Jacobs

34. Spheres of Power  Stephen Lahey

35. Democracy ad Representation  Takashi Shogimen

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Richard Cross is John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since 2007. From 1993 to 2007, he was a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He has written extensively on medieval philosophy, with a focus on Duns Scotus. He is currently writing a sequence of books on the metaphysics of Christology from 1050 to 1700.

JT Paasch teaches for the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. He has published on topics in medieval philosophy and theology, and is the author of Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology (2012).


"This is an excellent collection of up-to-the-minute discussions of medieval philosophy, organized thematically, by some of the very best scholars working in the field today. Accessible to non-specialists, it provides overviews of key areas in a manner that is rewarding to beginners and experts alike."
Peter King, University of Toronto, Canada

"The riches of medieval philosophy and its relevance to the contemporary philosophical reader have long been clear, but there are constantly new discoveries in the field. This book gathers together many of these discoveries by offering comprehensive treatment of the scholastic tradition in Latin Christendom. With a roster of expert authors including both younger and more established scholars, the volume provides insightful and nuanced discussions of a huge number of philosophical themes and will be of use to the general and more advanced reader."
Peter Adamson, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Germany, and King’s College London, UK

"This is an excellent volume. Focused mainly on Latin scholasticism, the 31 essays are organized topically rather than historically and they are uniformly informative and well written. . . . The book is full of fascinating discussions of major topics too numerous to include here. In particular, Paasch's contribution on medieval logic games gave this reviewer much to think about as both a scholar and a teacher, and he found himself wondering how he could incorporate these games in undergraduate logic classes. All in all, this book stands out as an excellent source for those studying Latin scholasticism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students."
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